I buy corkboards whenever I see them at thrift stores or yard sales if they are two dollars or less. They've been piling up in my garage, so I thought it was about time that I actually do something with them! There's been a lot of blog buzz about inspiration boards lately, so I decided to give you a quick and easy tutorial on creating a fabric-covered cork board.
I started off with a plain bulletin board:
1. I painted the frame with an antique white water-based enamel craft paint. This frame needed three coats.
2. Cut the fabric to fit the board. I used a fat quarter from my stash of Heather Bailey's Freshcut fabrics. If you do ANY sewing or crafting with fabrics, you MUST invest in a rotary cutter, cutting mat and clear ruler. I've been sewing for many years, and I only got these tools a year ago. Now I realize how much time I wasted cutting fabric with scissors (not to mention all of the fabric that I've thrown away because I suck at cutting with scissors).
3. Tape off the frame and use spray adhesive to attach the fabric to the board. I used Craft Bond. Spray the adhesive onto the cork, and then lay the fabric on the board. Use a piece of cardboard to smooth out any bubbles in the fabric. To make sure the fabric won't come off along the edges, staple the fabric to the board along the frame (just a few staples in the corners and in the middle of each side).
4. Attach trim or ribbon to cover the edges of the fabric and staples. I used Fabric-Tac to glue vintage rick-rack trim along the edges. I cut a separate piece of trim for each side. I originally attempted to use one long piece of trim, but the corners didn't look right.
Here's the finished product!
After finishing my project, I was overtaken by some sort of crafty demon, and was physically unable to put down the glue. So, I attached vintage buttons to thumbtacks to make these cute little push pins:
And then I made another board. For this one, I used striped grosgrain ribbon around the edges.
Both of these are for sale at the Vintage Home Annex. Try it yourself, and let me know how it goes!
UPDATED on August 13, 2008:
Need more inspiration? I made another fabric-covered corkboard.